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Martin Marietta Materials has named James A.J. Nickolas senior vice president and chief financial officer, effective this month. He succeeds the retiring Anne Lloyd, who will remain with the producer through September, capping a 12-year term as CFO. Nickolas most recently led the Caterpillar Inc. Corporate Development Group, following CFO tours of duty at the manufacturer’s Resources Industries segment and Global Mining division. Prior to Caterpillar, he was executive director of J.P. Morgan Securities.

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JEL ramps up batch plant production with new Milwaukee operation

JEL Manufacturing LLC has relocated from its charter Wisconsin site to a Milwaukee facility 25 miles away, eyeing increased ready mixed or precast concrete batch plant production capacity and offerings. The company began manufacturing bulk material handling equipment in 2013, and two years later expanded into modular and stationary concrete plant models. Mobile plant designs on deck for later this year are intended to be towable, pre-wired, and pre-plumbed.

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PCI opens call for 55th Annual Design Award entries

The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute is accepting 2018 PCI Design Awards entries through September 18. The program recognizes design excellence, innovation, and construction quality using precast concrete. All winning projects will be showcased at the 2018 PCI Convention and National Bridge Conference at The Precast Show in March, and included in a summary article of PCI Journal, Aspire, and Ascent magazines.

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Lanxess signature Bayferrox yellow, red and black pigments have been recertified for pre-consumer recycled iron oxide content from California-based SCS Global Services, a global leader in independent, third-party environmental certification, auditing, testing and standards development. Lanxess first achieved certification in 2014, and remains the only iron oxide pigments producer to hold such accreditation. SCS verified up to 92 percent recycled content in yellow, red and black Bayferrox iron oxide pigments. Specifying them with SCS certification for coloring concrete or other materials used in buildings allows project teams to factor the pigments when calculating a project’s overall recycled content volume.

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The National Concrete Masonry Association and Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute honor 142 plants in their 2016 Safety Awards Program, recognizing members who demonstrate exemplary accident prevention and worker protection. Eligibility is based on the lowest number of or no reportable injuries as documented by OSHA 300A logs (or equivalent Canadian injury reports) for the year.

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